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GOC suspends Manchester based optometrist

24 Aug 2018

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The General Optical Council (GOC), the UK regulator for optometrists and dispensing opticians, has decided to suspend Nasir Butt, an optometrist based in Manchester, from its register for a period of twelve months.

A GOC Fitness to Practise Committee found his fitness to practise impaired by reason of misconduct, relating to dishonestly falsifying a patient’s record, failing to carry out an appropriate examination and failing to record a number of matters in the clinical notes.

In making the decision, the Committee, chaired by Rachel O’Connell, said:

“The dishonesty in this case is particularly serious. To falsify a clinical record is a matter of the utmost gravity. The Committee has concluded that the Registrant’s fitness to practise is currently impaired on public interest grounds as well as on grounds of public protection. 

“The Committee was satisfied that a 12 month period of suspension was sufficient to send an appropriate message about the importance of honesty as a fundamental requirement of the profession. 

“The Committee decided to impose an immediate order of suspension on the basis that such an order was necessary for the protection of the public and was otherwise in the public interest.”

Mr Butt has until 12 September 2018 to appeal his suspension, during which time he is suspended from the register under an immediate suspension order.

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The full determination is available at https://www.optical.org/en/Investigating_complaints/Hearings/past_hearings/index.cfm
2. A full transcript of the hearing is available on request and payment of an administration charge.
3. A briefing on how the FTP process works is available at: https://www.optical.org/en/news_publications/press_kit/media-statements-and-briefings/index.cfm
4. The registrant’s date of most recent registration with the GOC as an optometrist was 3 May 2006. His GOC registration number is 01-22319. His last registered contact address was in Manchester.

 

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GOC Communications Team
General Optical Council
t: 020 7580 3898 (option 3)
e: communications@optical.org
 

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